Congratulations! West Berks Community Champion Awards 2017


The West Berks Community Champion Awards were launched in September 2014. In addition to the pre-existing Junior Citizen Award (now the Pat Eastop Junior Citizen Award), three new awards have been created; The Volunteer of the Year, the Community Group of the Year and the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Councillor Quentin Webb, Chairman of West Berkshire Council said:

“Community Champion is one of my favourite Chairman duties. This year we have had a superb response in each category, receiving double the number of nominations as last year. The standard of the nominations was truly impressive, and while this made the task of judging much harder, I am delighted that we are able to recognise so many worthy people.

“I would like to thank our judging panel of independent representatives and all this years nominators. It is very encouraging to hear particularly of the contributions that volunteers make in our community. They are playing an increasing role in the provision of public services and it is important that their contributions are acknowledged.”

CCB would like to offer it’s warm congratulations to all the winners put inparticular to one of our potential new trustees – Bob Lyon of Frisham Village who was awarded the well deserved honour of ‘Volunteer of the Year’.

To read more about the winners and what they have achieved to be crowned a Community Champion please click here.


Funding Update: December 2017

Funding signBBC Children in Need Main Grants
The Main Grants programme is open to charities and not-for-profit organisations applying for grants over £10,000 per year for up to three years. Check the information below to see if your project should apply. But first – have you read about how, together, we improve children’s lives in the UK.

If you are looking for any amount up to £10,000 for one year, see Small Grants.
We give grants for…

Children and young people of 18 years and under experiencing disadvantage through:

  1. Illness, distress, abuse or neglect
  2. Any kind of disability
  3. Behavioural or psychological difficulties
  4. Living in poverty or situations of deprivation

Projects we fund make differences in children’s lives that help prevent or overcome the effects of the disadvantages they face. Projects achieve these differences by either working directly with children or seeking to improve their social and physical environments.

Churchcare works in partnership with various grant-giving bodies to provide funding for church projects. Our grants support PCCs in the conservation of church buildings and their historic contents.

Their aim is to ensure that conservation projects in Anglican churches are carried out to a high standard. Our grants programmes provide, in addition to financial support, expert conservation advice to ensure that repairs follow best practice. Grants are assessed by our expert committees which bring together professionals from various national institutions.

Help The Homeless
Help The Homeless makes grants to charitable organisations with the aim of helping homeless people return to the community and enabling them to resume a normal life.

Grants from Help the Homeless are available to small and medium-sized charitable organisations. We do not make grants to individuals. We fund capital costs of projects with grants of up to £5,000.

The quarterly deadlines for grant applications each year are: 15th March / 15th June / 15th September / 15th December.

The Leche Trust
The Leche Trustees offer grants in two areas: performing arts and conservation.
Trustees will consider grants up to £5,000.

Applicants must be UK registered charities, public authorities or public institutions. We do not accept applications from Community Interest Companies (CICs) or individuals

Performing Arts
The Trustees support projects that promote excellence in professional performance in music, dance and theatre, with particular emphasis on new work and on the development of young professionals aged 18 or over. Trustees are sympathetic to projects that widen geographical access to the performing arts, for example through festivals and touring.

The Trustees support projects to conserve historic objects, collections and features of buildings and landscapes which date from the Georgian period or earlier, i.e. pre-1830s.

Projects may include acquisition costs (for objects) and conservation surveys as well as remedial work. Trustees are inclined to give grants to smaller projects, or specific elements of projects, where their contribution can make a greater impact.

In the case of churches, Trustees will consider supporting the conservation of such features as monuments, wall paintings, stained glass, and historic furniture and fittings.

Santander Foundation: Discovery Grants

The Santander Foundation awards grants of up to £5,000 to help disadvantaged people make the most of their future.

Discovery Grants support projects that improve people’s knowledge, skills or which provide innovative solutions to overcome social challenges. We can only support projects which fulfil these goals and our three priority areas – Explorer, Transformer and Changemaker.

Our three priorities

Grants can be used to support one or more of our three priorities.

  • EXPLORER Improving people’s knowledge
    Such as Money Management workshops helping disadvantaged people learn how to budget.
  • TRANSFORMER Improving skills and experience
    For example, training to help socially isolated people develop skills to get back into work or volunteering opportunities for disadvantaged young people.
  • CHANGEMAKER Innovative solutions to social challenges
    What about a new social networking program for visually impaired young people to access the internet?

What we can fund

Projects that are wholly charitable. They must specifically help disadvantaged people in the UK by improving knowledge, skills or providing innovative solutions. We aim to help as many organisations as possible so we don’t offer grants for longer than one year.

Funding is available:

  • for small local projects and lasts for up to 12 months
  • for complete projects, we don’t make contributions or part funding
  • to cover part-time salaries, equipment or materials but they must be specific to your project

Kew Grow Wild

Kew Grow Wild is excited to launch our new community project funding for 2018. We are awarding funding of £2,000 or £4,000 to community groups (ideally those that are hard to reach) that want to bring people together through activities that connect their community and celebrate UK native wild flowers, plants and/or fungi.

If you think that you or your members / groups would be interested in this opportunity then please share this information and ask them to download our application guidance form, click here

If you or your members / groups have any questions about the applications guidance or have an brilliant idea you want to discuss and work out a way forward then please give Richard Pollard a call on 07917265417.

Once your idea has been discussed with Richard Pollard he will then send you the application form. The deadline for applications is the 15th January 2018.

Vegetarian Society Offers Grants to Celebrate National Vegetarian Week 2018
The Vegetarian Society is offering grants of up to £2,000 for activities or events that celebrate National Vegetarian Week 2018 which will take place from 14 to 20 May.

The Society is providing grants of funding for events and activities that attract those beginning their vegetarian journey, meat-reducers and the veggie-curious, but are inclusive of the wider vegetarian community.

There are two levels of funding in 2018:

Small grants of up to £200.
Large grants of up to £2,000. (Applicants will need to demonstrate how their activity will have a bigger impact.)
The funding is for events and activities that:

Take place during National Vegetarian Week 2018 (14-20 May) or in the two weeks before.
Promote National Vegetarian Week exclusively as the primary purpose of the funded activity.
Celebrate and promote delicious vegetarian food.
Are exclusively vegetarian or vegan. (Events cannot have non-vegetarian food or drink). For further details on this fund please click here.

Greggs Foundation: Local Community Projects Fund

We know that one of the quickest ways to have a positive impact on our local communities, is to fund organisations that are already doing great work, and helping them to achieve more. Our Local Community Projects Fund awards grants of up to £2,000 to enable not for profit organisations to do something they otherwise couldn’t afford to.

Local Community Projects Funding is offered to organisations supporting people in need. Any not for profit organisation can apply, however, larger organisations with a turnover in excess of £300,000 are unlikely to be successful.

What type of project can we support?
We are interested in projects that improve resilience within your community. This can include sessional activities/respite support, equipment for sessional activities, trips and residential breaks. We are also interested in new approaches and innovative ideas as well as sustainable approaches to supporting your community. We do not fund running costs or continuation of existing and ongoing work.

All projects must support a community of interest, ie people who are:

  • Disabled or suffering chronic illness
  • Living in poverty
  • Voluntary carers
  • Homeless people
  • Isolated older people
  • Other demonstrable significant need

Greggs Foundation: Environmental Grant

We believe that looking after our neighbourhoods can have a real impact on the quality of life of the people who live there. Our Environmental Grant fund is therefore dedicated to improving the local environment – whether that means turning a piece of wasteland into a garden or organising litter picking days on the beach. We look to fund projects that improve the physical environment in a way that also benefits the wider community.  We have seven local charity committees which meet regularly throughout England, Scotland and Wales to review applications and award grants. We offer grants of up to £2,000 and concentrate on helping existing not for profit organisations to deliver new projects.

All projects must deliver a real benefit to the environment. Priority will be given to projects that also include one or more of the following:

  • Improves the local environment
  • Ensures involvement of local communities
  • Delivers a sustainable and measurable difference
  • Supports people in need

Information sources from Slough CVS E-bulletin and, 

NEW FREE Funding Workshop

funding imagesAre you a community group or voluntary organisation looking for funding in 2018?

CCB is facilitating a FREE Funding Workshop providing information, useful tips and advice on available funding streams in West Berkshire. The training is aimed at community groups who are looking for a range of funding streams to improve their community buildings, village, neighbourhood or parish.

Date: Wednesday 7th February. Time: 11.00 – 13.00 Venue: Padworth Village Hall

We have three excellent speakers currently lined up they are:

Julian May from the Good Exchange. Julian will be explaining the criteria for the Good Exchange, a fundraising platform which allows you to access multiple funders, donors and fundraisers with a single application, how groups can register and guiding you through the process of how to get the most out of your application. He will also be able to provide further information on funding available through Greenham Trust.

Teri Kearsley from Berkshire Community Foundation (BCF). Teri will be giving an overview of current funding streams available through BCF and  tips on how to improve your chances of success.

Alex Lyons, Groundworks. Tesco Bags of Help is an exciting local community grants scheme where money raised from the sale of carrier bags is used to fund thousands of local projects in communities across the UK. Alex is from Groundworks – the community charity with a green heart – who administers the funding and will be taking you through the funding opportunities available through the scheme.

This workshop is free to attend but places are limited and booked on a first come, first served basis. This training is supported by West Berkshire Council Adult Community Learning. To book your place  please click here:



Come join our team!

join our teamThe Community Council for Berkshire (CCB) is recruiting for a Community Buildings Advisor

  • Flexible working: a part-time role of 12 hours per week
  • A pro rata salary of between £20k and £24k, depending on skills and experience
  • The opportunity to steer the development of the role

CCB is an independent charity that has been focused on developing strong communities in Berkshire for 44 years. Our team is committed to achieving our vision of strong and sustainable rural communities able to take control of their own futures. We are looking for the next member of our highly committed team.

Community buildings are the hub of the community they serve, providing a wide range of services to all. In rural areas, they are often the only publicly accessible venue for people to get together, making them an essential part of the fabric of a community. If they are to fulfil their full potential, they need to be safe, well run and comply with a wide range of rules and regulations.

CCB’s Community Buildings Advisor is the expert that over 60 village halls and other community buildings in Berkshire turn to for advice and guidance. The Advisor provides proactive and reactive support to those responsible for these buildings and is committed to helping them to develop their skills and knowledge.Our ideal candidate is passionate about improving the quality of life in Berkshire’s rural communities. They are confident, patient and interested in developing strong and mutually supportive relationships. They will provide a first-rate service, continually developing their skills and being enthusiastic ambassadors of village halls and other community buildings.

The job description and person specification for this role are available here, or e-mail or call 0118 961 2000. If you are interested in this opportunity, please send a CV with full covering letter explaining why this is the role for you. Address: CCB, Wyvols Court, Old Basingstoke Road, Swallowfield, Berkshire, RG7 3TS.

Deadline for Applications: 5pm on Friday 12th January 2018

Interviews will take place in the week commencing 22nd January 2018

Government Announces More Funding for Community-Led Housing

Home wrapped upHousing Minister Alok Sharma has announced that the Government is launching a multi-million pound funding programme to help build more communities build homes across England.

Addressing the first-ever Community-Led Housing Conference in London this week, Housing Minister Alok Sharma said:

“Worth £60 million in the first year alone, it [the new fund] will provide both capital and revenue funding, with flexibility to meet demand.

“A significant element of the funding will also go towards developing an advisory network that supports community groups to bring forward projects.”

Community groups, registered providers and other appropriate organisations will be able to apply for funding from January 2018 with the first allocations of funding being awarded around Easter. It is expected that the prospectus will be published ‘shortly’. Applications will be assessed by experts at Homes England, the new national housing agency.

The Housing Minister said that he will be setting up an advisory group to steer the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) on the delivery of the funding programme.

The full transcript of the Housing Minister’s speech can be found on GOV.UK website

Source: Department for Communities and Local Government, 27/11/2017